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Question: Why doesn't drinking water cool your mouth after eating
The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like
your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water
don't mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily
So what can you do to calm your aching tongue? Try one of these three
methods. Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second
solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called "casein"
which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Finally, you could
drink something alcoholic. Alcohol will dissolve the oily spices.
They weren't invented in France, so why does everybody call them
It's true, the French fry wasn't invented in France. (Its origin is
probably Belgian.) But the "French" in French fries doesn't refer to
its country of origin. It refers to the way in which this side dish
Food that is cut into strips is said to be "Frenched." Since French
fries are strips of potato that have been fried, they became known as
French fried potatoes, or "French fries."
Why is it called a "hamburger" if it doesn't contain ham?
At first glance, it seems that the word "hamburger" is a
combination of the words "ham" and "burger." Therefore, one
naturally assumes that a hamburger is a burger that
But the word "hamburger" actually traces its roots back to Hamburg
Germany, where people used to eat a similar food called the "Hamburg
steak." Eventually, the Hamburg steak made its way to the United
States, where people shortened its name to "hamburger."
Were hot dogs ever made of
Nah. But when they were first introduced, people wouldn't touch hot
dogs for fear that they were made of dogs. (More in the next
How'd the hot dog get its strange name?
The hot dog was originally called "frankfurter" after Frankfurt,
Germany, its birthplace. But from the beginning people called it
"dachshund sausage," because it looked like the long, thin dog.
In the US, the German sausage was especially popular with New York
baseball fans, who bought the newfangled sandwich from vendors who
sold them by yelling, "Get your dachshund sausages while they're red
Ted Dorgan, a leading cartoonist, thought these vendors were so
comical, that he decided to lampoon them. In his cartoon, they were
shown selling REAL dachshund dogs in a roll, yelling "Get your hot
dogs!" at each other. The name stuck, and the rest is history.
Apples and Pears
Cultivated apples all descend from wild
that grow in Northern Europe,
Asia, and America.
Apple trees can grow up to 40 feet
(12 meters) high.
The U.S. crop of apples is about 4,427,000
metric tons per year.
Pear trees can grow to 60 feet (18 meters)
and may be as old as 300 years.
Pear wood is hard and can be used to make
Apple wood is soft and is sometimes used to
make decorative in-lays on wooden furniture.
Oranges, Lemons, and Limes
Orange trees first grew in China.
Oranges were taken to Europe by Arab
traders more than 1,000
A medium-sized orange contains the
amount of vitamin C that
a healthy adult should
Lemons, oranges, and limes are all
citrus fruits. Their
juices contain citric acid.
Grated lemon peel is called zest an
is sometimes used as
flavoring in baking and
British sailors were given lime juice to
keep them from
getting a disease called
(malnutrition illness caused by a lack
vitamins). British sailors were
“Limeys” because of this.
People in the tropics have eaten bananas
for thousands of years.
There are more than 100 varieties of
bananas, some even have
Bananas have high levels of sugars,
starch, and vitamins A
Banana ash is used to make soap.
The name pine-apple was the original
name for a pine cone
(grows on pine trees).
Because the fruit pineapple looked like a
huge pine cone, it
too was called a pine-apple.
Pineapples contain an enzyme that is used
Fibers in pineapple leaves are used to
make rope and a cloth
Pineapples are related to rainforest
Strawberries and Raspberries
The strawberry probably got its name
originally from the Anglo-Saxon word streawberige, which means
Most raspberries are red, but some
white, yellow, or black.
Raspberries may have been named after
a 16th century French
wine called raspis.
Raspberries used to be called hindberries.
Peaches, Apricots, Cherries, and Plums
Peaches and apricots and rich in vitamins
A and C.
Apricots were first grown in China more
than 4,000 years ago.
The wild plum of Northern Europe is the
sloe. Sloes have small, hard, bitter fruit. The sloe fruit is used to
make a type of alcoholic
called sloe gin.
Round cherry pits were used to play games
such as marbles.
Almonds are the nutlike seeds from a fruit
that looks like a green apricot.
Berries Blackberry juice was used to dye
cloth blue and indigo.
Black currants are rich in vitamins C and
Currant juice can be used to soothe sore
throats and colds.
Pemmican is a Native American cake of dried
meat flavored with dried currants. (For a modern recipe see Snack in
the Saddle Again).
The gooseberry is called the “mackeral
currant” in French because gooseberry sauce is served with mackerel,
a type of fish.
Watermelons are related to climbing plants
that probably came from tropical Africa.
Melons can grow to 40 pounds (18 kilograms)
Vine fruits Grapes were grown by the
ancientEgyptians more than 6,000 years ago.
Passion fruits were first grown in Brazil.
Kiwi plants were first grown in China.
Kiwis were once known as Chinese
Some Mediterranean Fruits
Olive trees can live for more than 1,500
Figs were one of the fruit most often eaten
by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Soft dates contain saccharine, which is
sometimes used as a sugar substitute for diabetics
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